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Advocacy and Community Engagement Coordinator

Advocacy and Community Engagement Coordinator

The Springfield Preservation Trust (SPT) is seeking an Advocacy and Community Engagement Coordinator to manage the advocacy and preservation programs of SPT. The Advocacy and Community Engagement Coordinator maintains strategic and operational responsibility for the planning, execution, and evaluation of all advocacy programs, and is responsible for cultivating strategic relationships in the community and among public officials in order to further the SPT’s mission. The Advocacy and Community Engagement Coordinator reports to the SPT Board of Directors.

How to apply

All qualified candidates should apply by submitting a cover letter and resume via email to with ‘Advocacy & Community Engagement Coordinator’ in the subject heading. No telephone calls, please.

Job Type: Part-time

Pay: $25 an hour and performance bonus available

Average Weekly Time: 15 hours – attending some night meetings (4 a month on average) and some weekend events (once a month on average) required.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

  • Develop detailed goals and strategies to advance the SPT’s advocacy agenda, and lead several preservation, planning, and community outreach initiatives including:
    • annual Historic Preservation Awards program
    • annual Most Endangered Historic Resources list
  • Seek sponsorships for:
    • annual House Tour and Cemetery Tour
    • Winter and Summer Fundraisers
  • Assist in producing the quarterly newsletter.
  • Grow the membership base.
  • Lead and bring together the necessary stakeholders and resources to produce successful advocacy programs and communications for SPT.
  • Develop and cultivate relationships with various community organizations, elected and appointed officials, and media outlets to expand the SPT’s reach and effectiveness.
  • Build and coordinate new grassroots networks in support of SPT’s mission.
  • Manage the SPT advocacy message through a comprehensive media strategy encompassing print, broadcast, electronic, and social media; develop advocacy positions and communicate them to the media, to community partners, to public officials and to the community at large.

Skills and Experience

  • Ability to develop and execute strategic programs and initiatives that build the capacity of the organization.
  • Successful track record in engaging, motivating, and supporting volunteers in achieving their maximum potential for the benefit of the organization.
  • Experience overseeing and managing community outreach programs.
  • Excellent communication skills and experience working with the media; proficiency with various social media platforms.
  • Strong networking/interpersonal relationship skills.
  • Ability to manage/navigate/direct complex individuals and group dynamics.
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of flexibility and creativity within a fluid work environment.
  • Proficiency in the use of computer software; demonstrated understanding of Microsoft Office, WordPress, and Constant Contact.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Public or Business Administration, Community Development, Planning, Historic Preservation, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • At least three years of broad-based experience in advocacy, politics, public affairs, community outreach, or a closely related field. Specific experience in community planning, urban design, zoning and/or preservation/conservation preferred.

About the Springfield Preservation Trust

The mission of SPT is to preserve and protect properties in Springfield, Massachusetts which have architectural, historic, educational, or general cultural significance for public edification and enjoyment.

SPT believes historic preservation is an important part of making Springfield a great place to live, work, and visit. Historic Preservation is crucial to tourism and economic development and creating a unique sense of place. It is a means of creating jobs, attracting investment, generating tax revenue, and supporting small business.

Since 1972, SPT has been an independent voice supporting historic preservation. Over the years we have held countless events to showcase how our old buildings can be part of our modern lives and show off the historic places that make Springfield unique. We have helped pass legislation on the state and local levels that averts the needless loss of historic places. Our online resources help homeowners with restoration and educate the public on the beauty, quality, and value of older homes. These activities have helped save and restore Springfield’s threatened historic treasures so that they are here for future generations to enjoy.

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